The National matric pass rate 2017 is 75.1% with progressed learners, and 76.5% without progressed pupils.

A total of 802 431 pupils wrote the exams, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said in Johannesburg on Thursday evening.

The pass rate without progressed learners at 76.5% was up by 0.3% from 76.2% in 2016.

The pass rate with progressed pupils 75.1% is up, a 2.6% improvement from last year which was 72.5% Progressed pupils are those who fail a grade for two consecutive years and are then promoted to the next grade.

The director general from the department of basic education and training, Hubert Mweli, has delivered a presentation on the technical analysis of the 2017 National Senior Certificate matric results. Here are 11 key points he mentioned:

1) The total number of learners who passed matric since 1970 has increased 10 times from 43 000 in 1970 to more than 400 000 in 2017

2) There has been a slight drop in terms of schools attaining a 100% pass mark

3) The number of schools coming in with a 0% pass mark is 9 compared to 18 in 2016

4) The province with the highest number of bachelor passes is KZN

5) English was the highest enrollment subject in the system

6) Subject performance in accounting and agricultural science dropped, while the raw mark for business studies improved

7) Sepedi continues on a downward trend

8) There were 629 155 full-time Grade 12s and 173 276 part-time  learners

9) 2 777 learners with disabilities sat down for the exams, with 906 passing with a bachelors

10) 1 801 distinctions are recorded from progressed learners – these are learners who have failed the same grade twice and are then promoted to the next grade

11) 500 distinctions are recorded for students getting social grants


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